Artificial intelligence will help diagnose and monitor COVID-19
The project of the City Hospital No 4 in Gliwice and the Silesian University of Technology, co-financed by the National Centre for Research and Development, was launched. This is the first initiative of this type aimed at reducing the time needed to describe a CT scan, detecting clinically unsuspected COVID-19 cases and providing additional information on the basis of which it will be possible to improve the existing or to create new diagnostic schemes. The City Hospital No 4 is the leader of the project and the Silesian University of Technology became the consortium member.
Many people who struggle with COVID-19, develop pneumonia, which can rapidly lead to respiratory failure. However, effective diagnosis and identification of high-risk patients are difficult. A special system of tools supported by artificial intelligence can help doctors in conducting rapid diagnostics.
By analyzing CT and clinical data, artificial intelligence systems can provide clinical predictions that can help doctors in their daily work. Additionally, the data obtained as a result of segmentation will allow for a quantitative comparison of morphological changes found not only in COVID-19 but also in other diseases, such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). This will allow for more accurate monitoring of the regression or progression of changes found in computed tomography in the case of interstitial pneumonia, and in connection with other clinical data - prognosis of disease progression.
A special database will be created at the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science of the Silesian University of Technology under the supervision of Professor Joanna Polańska.
Professor Marek Pawełczyk - Vice Rector for Science and Development, says.
The implemented project is yet another action taken by the University in the fight against COVID-19. Scientists have already developed diagnostic systems used by medical staff. These include the COVID-19 diagnostic imaging support system - CIRCA, the CORNELIA platform (Coronavirus Neurological Impairment) enabling the collection of surveys on cognitive disorders related to COVID-19, and the DECODE system, which helps to pre-exclude the coronavirus among people with symptoms also typical for other diseases.